SONiC Portrait: Bryce Dessner

Straddling Pop Superstardom and the Legacy of Western Classical Music

Nadia Sirota interviews Bryce Dessner from 12-1. Olivia Giovetti fills in for Nadia from 1-4.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Featuring over 100 composers under the age of 40, the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival is energizing New York with a stellar kickoff to the season – eight days of amazing new work performed by 16 extraordinary ensembles. Yay!

Here at Q2 Music we’ve got all kinds of exclusive SONiC-related goodies for you, from concert coverage to ensemble portraits, and, of course, you can always rely on Q2 Music to provide a direct line from composer to listener -- five composers whose work is being featured on the festival stopped by the Q2 Music  studios to talk chat about their lives, their work, and the classical landscape.

Q2 Music spotlights the following five SONiC composers with interviews all next week beginning at noon:

NYC-based composer and performer Bryce Dessner is probably best known as the guitarist for the acclaimed rock band The National, whose most recent record, High Violet debuted as #3 in the US Billboard chart and #4 on world album charts. On the more Classical side of things Bryce has received tons of acclaim for his work composing and performing concert music. He’s written for such new-music heavyweights as the Kronos Quartet and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, as well as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the American Composers Orchestra. Dessner’s chamber and orchestral work shares some of the propulsive, grooving elements of his songwriting, while exploring novel orchestrations and instrumental virtuosity.

Here's a video from the American Composers Orchestra about St. Carolyn by the Sea by Bryce Dessner. Watch for the special appearance by Q2 Music's own Nadia Sirota. 

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